CV tips for dummies

 In Candidate, CV Clinic

A well written CV is your first opportunity to stand out from a crowd. Here are our top tips for achieving that:-


Clear presentation

Basic common features & clear presentation of your CV is key to attracting the employer’s eye. Make sure your details are visibly and appropriately placed on the page. A suggestion for the order in which your CV is written is this: name and contact details at the top, then job title, followed by a personal profile, skills, current & previous work placements, education, interests/hobbies with references mentioned at the end of the CV.

Keep it short and sweet

A good CV is clear and concise and avoids waffling. Two pages of A4 is a perfect amount. Most employers make a judgment on a CV within a matter of seconds and need to be able to sweep their eyes easily over different sections.

Understand the requirements of the job

Make notes from the job description to then create bullet points. This will help you decide which of your skills are relevant to these points and thus, transferable.

Match your skills to the job

Adapt your CV to match your skills to those requested in the job description. Create a CV specifically for whichever job you’re applying to. You don’t have to re-write the whole CV, just tailor it to ensure there is a skill match to those required for the role.

Highlight key skills

Stand out from the crowd with your key skills. Take the time to consider what you do in every part of your life, skills can come from any circumstance. Even being part of a local sports team, or voluntary group, it’s potentially all relevant and will give you a unique skillset.

Interests & hobbies

Interests & hobbies, include anything that highlights skills you’ve gained and employers look for, such as positions of responsibility, working in a team or using your initiative. Anything that shows how diverse, interesting and skilled you are.

Use assertive & positive phrases

Make the most of experience by using assertive and positive phrases such as “developed”, “organised” or “achieved” when relating the skills you have learned to the job role you’re applying for. Utilise valuable experience gained from any previous work placements, even if it was work experience or a part time café job, every experience is of value in its unique way and can potentially be useful on your CV.


References need to be from someone who has employed you in the past in order to vouch for your skills and experience, two is the ideal number of references. An option to consider is writing ‘references available upon request’ which is a totally acceptable option.

Update your CV constantly

Keep your CV updated by reviewing & updating it with new skills & experience as you progress through life. This can always include any activities external to work, potential employers are always impressed with candidates who go the extra mile to boost their own skills and experience.


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